Welcome Back and Midterm Recitals Coming Up!

We hope that everyone had a great holiday break.  Classes and lessons will resume on October 18th so we will see you soon.

We also want to remind you that coming up on October 25th and November 1 are the Midterm Recitals.


October 25:  4 pm in Bito – Conservatory Performance Space

The students that are scheduled to perform are students of:

Cynthia, David, Hiroko, Luba, Lucy, Ryan, Susanne


Nov 1: 3 pm and 4 pm in Bito – Conservatory Performance Space

3 pm Performers will be students of:

Anna, Brian, Nicholas, Shar, Susanne, and Lucy’s Junior Vocal Ensemble

4 pm Performers will be students of:

Alice, Amy T (including chorus), Helena, Malena, Renana


Some students will not be performing.  Please consult with your child’s teacher and/or write to us at bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing all of the hard work that the students have put in!

Fall Festival Fundraiser NEWS – MATCHING GRANT!! – Tickets On Sale Now! Kids Under 5 FREE!

Thanks to a Very Generous Prep Family, all Funds Generated by the Fall Fundraiser Will Be MATCHED!  That means your ticket or donation will count TWICE!  Let’s make the most of this very kind donation and help ensure the future of the Preparatory Program!

Fall Fundraising Fest Card

Sunday, November 2nd from 11 am – 2 pm the Bard Preparatory Division will have our 1st Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser in the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard.  It will be a fun event with food and fun activities for parents and kids of all ages.  Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Kids in Advance and $30/$20 at the door.  All proceeds will go to support and enhance the offerings or the Prep program.

KIDS UNDER 5 are FREE!  We will have games for the little ones too so we hope to see lots of little people!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  To purchase tickets send us an email at bardprep@bard.edu, stop by the Prep Office on October 18, 25, or November 1 or buy them at the door on November 2nd.  We hope to see everyone there!

Festivities to Include:

Musical Chairs with Live Music!
Square Dancing (with step by step instruction from a Professional Caller)!
Face Painting!
Guess the Candycorn!
and more!

Everyone, including Families not currently involved with the Prep Division, are invited.  Please Come and bring as many people as you can to help support our Bard Prep Program!

Thank you to those who have volunteered.  WE STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!  We need help for the following:

Set Up

Ticket Taking/Selling

Food Preparation/Serving

Face Painting – We have a lot of Artist Parents so let’s see you in Action!

Help with Games and Activities

Clean Up Crew

Please Consider Helping!  Send us an email at bardprep@bard.edu and let us know how you can help or sign up directly HERE.

Thank You and We Look Forward to a Great Event!


HVCMC/Bard Prep Faculty Family Concert, November 8th- Save the Date!

Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Hosts Bard Preparatory Division Faculty and Students in a FREE Family Concert:  Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm:  Bitó Conservatory Performance Space – Performers to include Prep Faculty members Lucy Dhegrae, Luba Poliak, Nicholas Alton Lewis, Brian Krinke, and Susanne Son - Families and Children of all ages are welcome.  Kids sit up close to the musicians for a fun and educational musical experience!  Mark your calendars and tell your friends!


Upcoming Faculty Performances – The Red Violin, Anna, Malena, Lucy, Faculty Recital with Brian

Elizabeth Pitcairn Cynthia Tobey

CYNTHIA TOBEY,  Prep Piano Faculty – and Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn

  • THE RED VIOLIN:  Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and Pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey:  Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm:  Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater at Bard
    Elizabeth Pitcairn performs with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin. In 1990, Christie’s auctioned the Stradivarius, which is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award–winning film,The Red Violin.   PROGRAM:  Schubert: Rondo in B minor for violin and piano, Fauré Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano (“Kreutzer”), World Premiere of Violin & Piano Work TBA by Sara Graef

For TICKETS or more information, call 845-758-7900, email fishercenter@bard.edu, or visit the Fisher Center website.


 ANNA STOYTCHEVA – Prep Piano Faculty

  • 10/16/2014, 7:30pm, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC
    This is at the Opening Gala of Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York. Anna will be performing the Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-flat Major with outstanding Met Opera Orchestra musicians – Concertmaster David Chan, violist Dov Scheindlin and Assistant Principal cellist Joel Noyes. Please let her know if you want special reception tickets, $75. Other tickets are $40, $30 and $20. You may also buy tickets at the Carnegie Hall box office, by calling 212-247-7800 or at www.carnegiehall.org

Link with more details, bios and photos:


  • 10/19/2014, 3:00pm, Temple of Israel, Greenville, SC
    If you are in the area, please come by to this lovely concert venue! She will be performing with American Chamber Players and will include works by Handel, Mozart, Farrenc and Bridge. Address is 400 Spring Forest Road, Greenville, SC 29615

Link to event:

Link to ACP website:


 MALENA DAYENPrep Voice Faculty

  • Alto Soloist – Messiah (Handel)
    December 14, 2014 – Fairfield County Chorale – Fairfield, CT
    David Rosenmeyer, conductor
  • Featured Soloist – Tango Caliente
    January, 2015  – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – Rochester, NY
    Jeff Tyzik, conductor


LUCY DHEGRAE – Prep Voice Faculty

  • Friday, December 5th at 7:30 pm:  Solo Recital at the Third Street Music School, NYC.  Pieces by Susan Botti, Shawn Jaeger (Prep Faculty), Roberto Sierra, and Toshio Hosokawa:  Free Admission, Click Here for More Information.


Bard Prep Faculty Recital:  February 14, 2015 at 4 pm – Bitó Conservatory Performance Space:  Brian Krinke, Violin



Bard Prep Faculty in Action! – New Quintet

Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.  (Click on the Links)

New – Schubert Trout Quintet, mvt. IV – Prep Faculty Members SUSANNE SON, piano and RYAN KAMM with Hye-Jin Kim, Melvin Chen, and Karen Ouzounian



Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale

CD: Capriccio - click here for more information or to purchase

Here is a really young Helena having a Viola lesson with Pinchas Zukerman (students take note: he makes her play scales!)



Carmen – Habanera, Seguedille, “En vain pour éviter”

Mozart aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te’

Sera una noche – New Aires Tango



Chopin Nocturne in c# minor

Chopin Waltz in c# minor

Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor  3rd mvt


SHAWN JAEGER – Composer – The Wondering Eyes



Otto Soldan Quartet for One Violin

Ernst Polyphonic Etude #2

Bach Sonata in a minor “Allegro”


NICHOLAS ALTON LEWIS - Clarinet, Saxophone

“Conjure Bearden”

Scriabin Prelude, Op. 16, No. 1 – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

“Broken Chords”(an improvisation) – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

CD: Grist for the Mill from “Songs of the Soul”: (Nicholas is on Tracks 19-21)



Debussy L’isle Joyeuse  

Schumann Sonata No.2 in g minor 1st mvt



Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 2

CD: Debussy Preludes – click here for more information or to purchase



Haydn B Minor Sonata

Beethoven Emperor Concerto, 3rd mvmt.

Classics on Hudson Concerts

Bard Prep Faculty Violin Teacher Helena Baillie is also one of the Co-Directors of the Classics on Hudson Concert series at the Hudson Opera House.  They have put together a terrific season of concerts.  Check out below for more information.

Saturday November 22, 7pm
Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St, Hudson NY
(518) 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Messiah Sing

Saturday, December 20, 4pm
First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren St, Hudson, NY
(518) 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Gwen Gould, conductor

Messiah Sing is an audience participation performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s great oratorio Messiah with instrumental ensemble and soloists. Listeners are welcome too! Music provided.


Classifieds – Stone Ridge House for Sale, Practice Buddy List

  • Stone Ridge House for Sale by Prep Family – take a look at the LISTING HERE and please pass it along to anyone that might be interested.


  • Practice Buddies are Bard Conservatory Students that are available to help your child with their practice time.  We know and highly recommend these great young musicians.  Here is the Practice Buddy List.  Practice Hard Everyone!


If you are looking for or selling an instrument or any musical equipment this is your space.  Send the information to us at bardprep@bard.edu and we will post for you.